School of Global Studies

Meet the School Research Team

The School's research, impact and engagement team brings together colleagues in the School and centrally to provide an environment aimed at supporting you.

Alan Lester
Director of Research & Enterprise

Overall strategic view of research grant applications and final sign off of grant submissions

  • Coordinating, promoting and encouraging research and knowledge exchange activity in the School
  • REF 2021 preparation
  • Represents Global Studies on University-level committees
  • Involvement in internal grant-making panels

Sharon Krummel
Research Coordinator

Eve Wilcox
Research Centre Administrator

Fergal Raftery
Assistant Research Manager

  • Coordinating internal peer review process and supporting grant applications
  • Overview of external research communications
  • Providing guidance and support to researchers in planning and delivering research impact and knowledge exchange activities
  • Supporting researchers in their professional development

Clare Neil
Research Development Manager

  • Providing support on how to use Research Professional, the online database of research funding opportunities subscribed to by the University
  • Developing a grant-writing schedule for the year
  • Advising on the preparation of all applications for research funding and ensuring that proposals meet the funders’ criteria and are properly costed and priced
  • Ensuring approvals are in place for all grant applications
  • Checking, re-negotiating, and accepting awards

Tom Walters
Media Relations Manager

  • Working across specific schools, my role is to promote the University of Sussex, the work of its academics and the achievements of our students to the media
  • Writing about new research or community engagement projects, usually in the form of a press release, and pitching it out to journalists. Targets can be national or local as well as more subject-specific outlets
  • Placing expert comment pieces by academics – either long form (e.g. The Conversation, The Guardian Opinion) or sometimes shorter reactive quotes in quick response to current and developing news stories. These can also take the form of letters to editors for which I can offer advice about style and content
  • Offering advice on media requests, and support with interviews or guest-written pieces
  • Coordinating with our social media team to post stories, images or video, on our social media channels (Twitter/Facebook etc) and sharing media coverage on @SussexUniPress